Conrad Clipper has sent a personal account of the process of making our next release. We have the tapes and should be ready to ship in a week or two. Keep you posted!
"How I Made Cycle Of Liminal Rites
I started recording this album three years ago after I heard a late night radio show discussing the poet Rilke and his use of ‘the liminal’. If that sounds a bit fancy, it’s actually quite straightforward: the liminal world is the one that is around us but always unseen. We may find it in the moment of prayer, in an old photograph, in the moment before we go to sleep, in birth, and in death.
I felt like my music has always wanted to try and capture this quality but I didn’t know how to name it. Once I understood that this was what I wanted to achieve, I was able to start making the record. I don’t read or write music so I had to work out a way to score everything. I did this mostly by hand, using midi. I then played the piano back against these midi scores, and I used a number of different pianos in different locations across Berlin. Then I learned how to build software arpeggiators in Max MSP, which you can hear in tracks like Lake Kinesis and Fugue State. It took many, many hours of trial and error to score the rest of the parts for the woodwind, brass and string sections.
I recorded everything onto a cheap tape recorder and into the computer. Then I sent stuff back out onto tape again, to get that saturation you can hear. I also used a lot of field recordings that I made on my phone, from many different locations - car parks and churches in Berlin, airport toilets, on the banks of rivers, in the Welsh mountains. Finally when I was happy with the way it sounded, I took my gear to an abandoned sanitarium in the French Alps and played everything back, and re-recorded the sound of it playing in these dusty, forgotten rooms.
In this way, the record is actually a little like a live performance but no one attended apart from me." - Conrad Clipper
We will keep it short and sweet. 2015 was a growing year. We are looking forward to Conrad Clipper's beautiful and timeless work, Cycle of Liminal Rites. Please, check back with us for that soon.
Personally, I would like to thank the lovely folks at Galeria Zé dos Bois in Lisbon and Laneway Festival in Australia for some of the best Angel Olsen shows yet. Also, to the growing crew that supports our touring - "Team Angel" is better with youuu. Lastly,touring artists and new friends in London and abroad, it has been a pleasure!
Much more music to come!
Thelma and the Sleaze - Greatest Hits Live (Self) Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone (Self) Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again (Drag City) Flying Saucer Attack - Instrumentals (Domino) Chaos Echoes - Transient (Nuclear War Now) Ken Camden - Dream Memory (Kranky) Itasca - Unmoored By the Wind (New Images) Bjork - Vulnicura (One Little Indian) Salad Boys - Metalmania (Trouble In Mind) Broken Water - Wrought (Night People) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk) Joanne Robertson - Black Moon Days (Feeding Tube) Tina - Sink cassette (Sophomore Lounge) Johnny Young - II cassette (Voyager Golden) Nest Egg - Respectable (Bathetic) Barnett + Coloccia - Weld (Blackest Ever Black) Moses Sumney - Mid-City Island (Self) 2014 Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar) Dean Blunt - Babyfather (Self) Xam - Tone Systems (Deep Distance) Ryley Walker - Primrose Green (Dead Oceans) Beach House - Depression Cherry (Sub Pop) Charles Cohen - Brother I Prove You Wrong (Morphine) Toupée - Leg Toucher (Moniker) Red Sea - In the Salon (Bayonet) Lionlimb - Turnstile 7” (Bayonet) Promised Land Sound - For Use and Delight (Paradise of Bachelors) U.S. Girls - Half Free (4AD) Arthur Russell - Corn (Audika) Deerhunter - Fading Frontier (4AD) The Cairo Gang - Goes Missing (Drag City) Jaye Bartell - Loyalty (Sinderlyn) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Dawg) Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida (Trouble In Mind) Floating Points - Elaenia (Pluto) Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder) V/A - Bobby Gillespie Presents: Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down (Ace Records) V/A - Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party (Numero Group) Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia) Daniel Bachman - River (Three Lobed)
Arvo Pärt - Passio (AJNA) Promise - s/t (Got Kinda Lost) Broadcast LPs (Warp) Spooner Oldham - Pot Luck (Numero) Willie Nelson - Teatro (Light in The Attic) The Wild Poppies - Heroine (Manufactured Recordings)
SHOWS Exhibit BE featuring Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty Laneway Festival La Luz/ Shivas, Siberia Mars, Gasa Gasa The Sal Show, Circle Bar Ryley Walker/ Steve Gunn, Gasa Gasa Swans, El Rey Sleep/Thou, The Civic Wume, Oval Space Kevin Morby, The Lexington Jenny Hval, Cafe OTO Mayor Daley, Meatpie Me & My Dog, Dublin High, Siberia Angel Olsen, Lisbon, Portugal Thelma & The Sleaze, Turn One Charles Bradley, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Kendrick Lamar, The Civic Peaches, One Eyed Jacks J Fernandez, Moth Club Disappears, 100 Club Mdou Moctar, Cafe OTO
Love Lion is proud to announce our next release by Conrad Clipper. Cycle of Liminal Rites is due out early 2016.
Conrad Clipper is the pseudonym of an anonymous 33 year-old composer and multi-instrumentalist. He lives and records in Berlin, London and the French Alps.
His first record, Cycle of Liminal Rites, has taken two and a half years to make and it features the generous contributions of Emma Gatrill and Daniel Green (Willkommen Records), Benjamin Gregory (Grip Tight) and Yan Fabre (J.A) with all parts written, arranged and produced by Conrad Clipper.
Conrad works with upright and prepared piano, a multitude of tape recorders, and layers of re-amping that took place in an abandoned mental asylum. He is an entirely self-taught musician and cannot read or write music, instead scoring parts for others using a basic system based on color prisms. He explains:
“The record is my attempt to make peace with the people that I have lost. I struggled with my own psychoses and aethers, and this record really was the only way I could make sense of the world.
I’m trying to give something to the people that I still have. I’m preoccupied with questions of time passing, of memories decaying, and of the intangible strings left behind that connect us still.”
Benoît Pioulard (aka Thomas Meluch) made this great Kranky mix for Fractured Air.
01. Low ‘Will the Night’ [Songs for a Dead Pilot, krank021] 02. Mirrorring ‘Silent From Above’ [Foreign Body, krank162] 03. Labradford ‘El Lago’ [A Stable Reference, krank006] 04. Loscil ‘Hastings Sunrise’ [Sketches from New Brighton, krank171] 05. Felix ‘Who Will Pity the Poor Fool’ [Oh Holy Molar, krank165] 06. Anjou ‘Adjustment’ [Anjou, krank185] 07. Ken Camden ‘Eta Carinae’ [Space Mirror, krank180] 08. Jonas Reinhardt ‘Modern By Nature’s Reward’ [Jonas Reinhardt, krank119] 09. Implodes ‘Wendy’ [Recurring Dream, krank174] 10. Tim Hecker ‘Black Refraction’ [Virgins, krank183] 11. Belong ‘Common Era’ [Common Era, krank155] 12. Stars of the Lid ‘Tippy’s Demise’ […and Their Refinement of the Decline, krank100] 13. Valet ‘Tame All The Lions’ [Blood Is Clean, krank105] 14. Grouper ‘Labyrinth’ [Ruins, krank189] 15. Windy & Carl ‘The Smell of Old Books’ [We Will Always Be, krank163] 16. The Dead Texan ‘The Struggle’ [The Dead Texan, krank072]
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